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2009 Conference / Training Schedule
Date Training Information
December 3, 2009 NFIP Georgia Agent Flood Insurance Seimnar

When: December 3, 2009, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Microtel Inn and Suites, 1840 Corporate Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30329

What you will learn:
  • FEMA Flood Maps
  • General Rules
  • An overview of the NFIP policies
  • Madatory Purchase Guidlines
  • The Grandfather Provision
  • New Elevation Certificate
  • Summary of Coverages

This course is approved for 3 Continuing Education Credits

The Seminar is free of charge Please register early as seating is limited. For additional information contact Melanie Graham, NFIP Trainer for H2O Partners ar 704-778-8745. To register email this form to m.graham@H2Opartnersusa.com
November 24, 2009 NFIP Georgia Agent Flood Insurance Seimnar

When: November 24, 2009, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, 23 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, GA 30263

What you will learn:
  • FEMA Flood Maps
  • General Rules
  • An overview of the NFIP policies
  • Madatory Purchase Guidlines
  • The Grandfather Provision
  • New Elevation Certificate
  • Summary of Coverages

This course is approved for 3 Continuing Education Credits

The Seminar is free of charge Please register early as seating is limited. For additional information contact Melanie Graham, NFIP Trainer for H2O Partners ar 704-778-8745. To register email this form to m.graham@H2Opartnersusa.com
November 23, 2009 NFIP Georgia Agent Flood Insurance Seimnar

When: November 23, 2009, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, 240 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

What you will learn:
  • FEMA Flood Maps
  • General Rules
  • An overview of the NFIP policies
  • Madatory Purchase Guidlines
  • The Grandfather Provision
  • New Elevation Certificate
  • Summary of Coverages

This course is approved for 3 Continuing Education Credits

The Seminar is free of charge Please register early as seating is limited. For additional information contact Melanie Graham, NFIP Trainer for H2O Partners ar 704-778-8745. To register email this form to m.graham@H2Opartnersusa.com
November 16 - 20, 2009 L-273 Managing Floodplain Development Through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) / Test

When: November 16th to 19th. CFM Exam on the 20th
Where: FEMA/GEMA Joint Field Office, 4360 Northeast Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30340

Purpose: This course is designed for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance as well as others involved in floodplain management activities. The course will focus on the National Flood Insurance Program and concepts of Floodplain Management, interpreting the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Map, effective administration of the local flood ordinance, and the relationship between Floodplain Management and Flood Insurance. Both FEMA and Georgia Floodplain Management staff will serve as course instructors.

Course sign-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 16th, 2009. The course schedule is Monday through Thursday, November 16th November 19th, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Course materials will be provided by FEMA free of charge, however, all costs associated with attending the training course travel, lodging, meals, and miscellaneous expenses will be your responsibility.

Friday morning, November 20th, the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The CFM is a national designation that recognizes those persons who have demonstrated a level of knowledge of floodplain management. Earning the CFM designation also tells others that a national program - The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) - has recognized your professional capabilities.

The deadline for submission is November 12, 2009

For further information, please call Veronica Briers at (404) 656-6382 or fax to (404) 656-6383
October 27, 2009 Training Workshop on FEMA's new Elevation Certificate

When: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Crisp County Recreation Department, 1205 North 5th Street Extension, Cordele, GA 31015

Crisp County Planning Department, in coordination with FEMA and Georgia Floodplain Management Office, will host a free training workshop on FEMA's NEW Elevation Certificate. Only the new Elevation Certificate will be accepted by FEMA starting April 1, 2010. In addition to the Elevation Certificate, FEMA staff will provide training on the Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA), Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill (LOMR-F), and Letter of Map Revision (LOMR).

The training course is free of charge and open to the first seventy-five (75) registrants

To register, call the Crisp County Planning Department at (229)276-2640 by the October 16, 2009 registration deadline
October 13, 2009 Hydro Logical Solutions for Stormwater Re-Use in Land Planning- Savannah, GA

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Where: Offices of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., 50 Park of Commerce Way, Savannah, GA 31405 - Thomas and Hutton Conference Rooms

Instructor: Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan with The RainHarvest Company will provide an in depth overview of the options which are available to civil engineers, planners, landscape architects and designers that will enable them to utilize storm water as a valuable resource rather than a burden to be disposed of. The methods discussed are scientifically logical ways to treat the hydrology of the site, therefore decreasing the environmental impact of development, decreasing the cost of development and most importantly, realizing a return on investment for the land owner/client.

Cost: Lecture is FREE; but the cost for lunch is $9.00. (Lunch will be catered by York Street Deli) Please provide correct change

One and a half (1.5) Profesional Development Hours (PDHs) will be awarded for this session

Reservations & Questions: Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat no later than Thursday, October 8, 2009 at noon by calling Christi Chambers at (912) 721-4148 or e-mail Christi
September 24, 2009 Elevation Certificate Training, East Region Training- Evans, GA

When: September 24, 2009 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Evans Auditorium, 630 ronald Regan Brive, Building A, Evans, GA 30809

Instructor: Janice Mitchell

This half day training will focus on the changes to the Elevation Certificate. This course is recommended for surveyors, engineers, building officials, inspectors, insurance agents, community officials and for those interested in floodplain management.

Please RSVP to George Eastman at GEASTMAN@columbiacountyga.gov Or (706) 312-7278
September 23, 2009 Citywide Stormwater Master Planning for Long-Term Sustainability

When: September 23, 2009 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Offices of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., 50 Park of Commerce Way, Savannah, GA 31405 - Thomas and Hutton Conference Rooms

Details: Lecture is FREE; but the cost for lunch is $9.00. (Grilled chicken breast, green beans, potato salad, roll and tea by York Street Deli) Please provide correct change

One and a half (1.5) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be awarded for this session.

Reservations and Questions: Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat no later than Friday, August 21, 2009 at noon. Call Tom McDonald at (912) 651-6530 or e-mail at tom_mcdonald@savannahga.gov
September 16 - 17, 2009 Georgia Association of Floodplain Management Metro Atlanta Region Education and Technical Training Conference- "Tools for Success"

When: September 16 - 17, 2009
Where: The Marriot, 475 Technology Parkway, Norcross, GA
August 26, 2009 How to Read and Understand Flood Maps

When: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Networking 11:00-11:30 a.m. , session will begin at 11:30 a.m.)
Where: Offices of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., 50 Park of Commerce Way, Savannah, GA 31405

Details: Lecture is FREE; but the cost for lunch is $9.00. (Grilled chicken breast, green beans, potato salad, roll and tea by York Street Deli) Please provide correct change.

One and a half (1.5) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be awarded for this session.

Reservations and Questions: Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat no later than Friday, August 21, 2009 at noon. Call Christi Chambers at (912) 721-4148 or email: chambers.c@thomas-hutton.com
August 24 - 28, 2009 Week Long CFM Course/Test - Georgia

When: Wednesday, August 24 - 28, 2009
Where: Wingate Inn, 4087 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Augusta, GA 38909
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

CFM Exam: August 28th, 9:30 am -12:30 pm

Purpose: This course is designed for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance as well as others involved in floodplain management activities. The course will focus on the National Flood Insurance Program and concepts of Floodplain Management, interpreting the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Map, effective administration of the local flood ordinance, and the relationship between Floodplain Management and Flood Insurance. Both FEMA and Georgia Floodplain Management staff will serve as course instructors
August 7, 2009 GAFM - Metro Atlanta Regional Training

When: August 7, 2009 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: 2120 Powers Ferry Rd, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

CFM Credits: TBD

Sponsors: GAFM - Metro Atlanta Region, Central Michigan University, WK Dickson

Topic: The FEMA Grant Process

Angela Mettlen, Grant Specialist with WK Dickson will provide an overview of the Grant program and will discuss the Grant Application process for communities.

Registration: Please register by email, or FAX via the attached registration form by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 5th. Email kscott@wkdickson.com or fax (770) 955-0338. For questions, please contact Kemya Scott at (770) 955-5574

*** Pre registration is required so that adequate space is available. Space is limited to 25 participants ***
August 5, 2009 Elevation Certificate Instructions - Advanced Agent Workshop

"The Basics: What Flood Insurance Agents need to know"

When: August 5, 2009 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Where: City of Savannah Civic Center, O'Connor & Simms Rooms, 2nd Floor West, Room #1 & #2, 301 West Oglethorpe Avenue
Cost: FREE!!!

Parking: Parking is free in the Civic Center parking lot off Liberty Street

Four hours of insurance agent CE and CFM CES s have been applied for

H2O Partners, Corish Insurance Inc. Georgia Association of Floodplain Management, City of Savannah and Chatham County will be hosting Melanie Graham of H2O Partners in Savannah, Ga. whom will be speaking on proper method of completing Flood Insurance forms and polices

RSVP: (notify which training or both) and Questions: Please contact Tom McDonald at (912) 651-6530 or e-mail at tom_mcdonald@savannahga.gov
July 30, 2009 HEC-RAS / HEC-HMS Training Augusta, Georgia

"No Adverse Impact (NAI) Using HEC-RAS / HEC-HMS"

When: July 30, 2009 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m
Where: W R Toole Enginerring (Conference Room), 1005 Broad Street, suite 300, Augusta, GA 30901
Instructor: Sam Crampton - Dewberry

This full day course will focus on the basics of HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS. The course will also highlight common modeling errors and will cover how to appropriately ensure that developments have 'No Adverse Impacts'. This course will be suitable for those who plan to use HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS for floodplain impact studies and also for community officials tasked with reviewing HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS models for proposed developments. ASFPM has approved 6.0 core CEU's for this training session. Lunch will be on your own

Cost: $100 for GAFM members and $150 for non-members

Please RSVP to Terri Turner at tturner@augustaga.gov or (706) 821-1796
July 15, 2009 GAFM Luncheon Lecture Augusta, Georgia

When: July 15, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: W R Toole Enginerring (Conference Room), 1005 Broad Street, suite 300, Augusta, GA 30901
Instructor: Ray Pittman Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company

ASFPM has approved 1.0 parallel CEU for this training session

The lecture is free but the cost for lunch is $9.75 and consists of a Taco Bar from Moe's Southwest Grill, tea and a cookie

Please RSVP to Terri Turner by Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at tturner@augustaga.gov or (706) 821-1796
July 8, 2009 GAFM Luncheon Lecture Savannah, Georgia

"The Fundamentals of Cement Modified Full Depth Reclamation"

When: July 8, 2009 11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Offices of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., 50 Park of Commerce Way, Savannah, GA 31405
ASFPM has approved 1.5 parallel CEU for this training session

The lecture is free and lunch will be provided

Please RSVP to Terri Turner by Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at tturner@augustaga.gov or (706) 821-1796
June 25, 2009 GAFM Luncheon Lecture Savannah, Georgia

"Understanding Engineered Flood Vents and the Significant Changes to TB-1"

When: June 25, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Offices of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., 50 Park of Commerce Way, Savannah, GA 31405
Instructor: Bruce Sherlock - SmartVent

ASFPM has approved 1.5 parallel CEU for this training session

The lecture is free but the cost for lunch is $9.00. (Marinated chicken breast, macaroni & cheese, vegetable medley, roll and drink by York Street Deli)

Please RSVP to Tom McDonald by Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at tom_mcdonald@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6530
June 24, 2009 GAFM Luncheon Lecture Augusta, Georgia

"Understanding Engineered Flood Vents and the Significant Changes to TB-1"

When: June 24, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: W R Toole Enginerring (Conference Room), 1005 Broad Street, suite 300, Augusta, GA 30901
Instructor: Bruce Sherlock - SmartVent

ASFPM has approved 1.5 CEU’s for this training session

The lecture is free but the cost for lunch is $7.50 which will consist of homemade burgers or chicken salad to order, tea and a cookie

Please RSVP to Terri Turner by Tuesday, June 22, 2009 at tturner@augustaga.gov or (706) 821-1796
June 22- 26, 2009 Week Long CFM Course / Test

E-273 Managing Floodplain Development Through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) / Test

When: June 22 - 26, 2009
Where: Waycross, GA
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
CFM Exam: June 26th, 9:30 am -12:30 pm

Purpose: This course is designed for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance as well as others involved in floodplain management activities. The course will focus on the National Flood Insurance Program and concepts of Floodplain Management, interpreting the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Map, effective administration of the local flood ordinance, and the relationship between Floodplain Management and Flood Insurance. Both FEMA and Georgia Floodplain Management staff will serve as course instructors
May 14, 2009 GAFM Luncheon Lecture Savannah, Georgia

"Understanding the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance "No Rise" Letter"

When: May 14, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Offices of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., 50 Park of Commerce Way, Savannah, GA 31405
Instructor: Ray Pittman Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company

ASFPM has approved 1.5 parallel CEU for this training session

The lecture is free but the cost for lunch is $9.00. (Marinated chicken breast, macaroni & cheese, vegetable medley, roll and drink by York Street Deli)

Please RSVP to Tom McDonald by Monday May 11, 2009 at tom_mcdonald@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6530
May 6, 2009 GAFM Luncheon Lecture Augusta, Georgia

"Taking the Mystery Out of Calculating BFE's"

When: May 6, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: W R Toole Enginerring (Conference Room), 1005 Broad Street, suite 300, Augusta, GA 30901
Instructor: Abbie Margelofsky Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company

ASFPM has approved 1.5 parallel CEU for this training session

The lecture is free but the cost for lunch is $9.75 and consists of a Taco Bar from Moe's Southwest Grill, tea and a cookie

Please RSVP to Terri Turner by Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at tturner@augustaga.gov or (706) 821-1796
April 23, 2009 GAFM Luncheon Lecture Savannah, Georgia

"Low Impact Development (LID) and Sustainable Planning & Storm Drainage Challenges in Coastal Georgia"

When: April 23, 2009 11:30am - 2:00pm
Where: Offices of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., 50 Park of Commerce Way, Savannah, GA 31405
Instructor: Eric Paul Walsnovich, ASLA WK Dickson, who will be speaking on Low Impact Development (LID) and Sustainable Planning and Raymond A Pittman, PE, PH CPSWQ, D. WRE Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company who will be speaking on Storm Drainage Challenges in Coastal Georgia

ASFPM has approved 2.0 parallel CEU for this training session

The lecture is free but the cost for lunch is $9.00. (Marinated chicken breast, macaroni & cheese, vegetable medley, roll and drink by York Street Deli)

Please RSVP to Tom McDonald by Monday April 20, 2009 at tom_mcdonald@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6530
April 13 - 17, 2009 Week Long CFM Course / Test

When: April 13 -17, 2009; CFM Exam on the 17th
Where: Flat Creek, 2641 Old Flowery branch Road, Gainesville, GA 30504

Purpose: This course is designed for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance as well as others involved in floodplain management activities. The course will focus on the National Flood Insurance Program and concepts of Floodplain Management, interpreting the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Map, effective administration of the local flood ordinance, and the relationship between Floodplain Management and Flood Insurance. Both FEMA and Georgia Floodplain Management staff will serve as course instructors.

Course sign-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13th, 2009. The course schedule is Monday through Thursday, April 13th April 16th, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Course materials will be provided by FEMA free of charge, however, all costs associated with attending the training course travel, lodging, meals, and miscellaneous expenses will be your responsibility.

Friday morning, April 17th, the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The CFM is a national designation that recognizes those persons who have demonstrated a level of knowledge of floodplain management. Earning the CFM designation also tells others that a national program - The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) - has recognized your professional capabilities.

The deadline for submission is March 20, 2009.

For further information, please call Veronica Briers at (404) 656-6382 or fax to (404) 656-6383

FEMA EMI Training Application
March 27, 2009 Elevation Certificate Training, East Region Training- Evans, GA

When: March 27, 2009 8:00am - 12:00pm (Noon)
Where: City of Savannah Civic Center, Bryan room 2nd Floor, East Room #1 (Parking Lot Side), 301 west Oglethrope Avenue, Savannah, GA

Instructor: Janice Mitchell - FEMA Region 4

This half day training will focus on the changes to the Elevation Certificate. This course is recommended for surveyors, engineers, building officials, inspectors, insurance agents, community officials and for those interested in floodplain management.

Please RSVP to Tom McDonald at tom_mcdonald@savannahga.gov or (912) 651-6530
Febuary 25, 2009 Luncheon Lecture - Augusta, GA

When: Febuary 25, 2009 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Augusta Canal Authority Interpretive Center Theatre, Augusta, GA

Cost: The lecture is free; but there will be a cost for lunch - TBA

Reservations: Tues, February 24, 2009 at noon. Call Terri Turner at (706) 821-1796 or e-mail at tturner@augustaga.gov
Febuary 11, 2009 4th Annual GAFM Conference Training Sessions

When: Febuary 11 - 13, 2009
Where:Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, GA

Conference Presentations

Complete Course Schedule

GAFM CFM Refresher Course / Test

This session is a good refresher course even for current CFMs, who can claim 6 preapproved Continuing Education Credits from the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) for attendance. For attendees who are not yet CFMs, this is a great preparation course for the CFM exam, but will not take the place of intensive study. Prior to this training, we recommend that you read the manual, Floodplain Management Requirements: A Study Guide and Desk Reference for Local Officials (FEMA 480)

This manual is lengthy, so please give yourself some time to prepare! Please note that signing up for this course does not automatically register you for the CFM Exam, and signing up for the exam does not register you for the course. ASFPM requires that you register and submit payment at least two weeks in advance of any CFM exam.

Should you desire to take the exam you may visit ASFPM's website - www.floods.org for application information and to view the CFM Exam Preparation Guide. To request a General Admissions Application please contact Garrett Skinner or call at (678) 808-8884.

NAI Information Sessions

No Adverse Impact - "The Basics"

NAI is a set of "do no harm" principles that assist communities in overseeing growth and development by limiting the impact of harmful construction to adjacent and down stream properties and communities. Communities achieve this higher level of protection by adopting stronger regulations that identify acceptable levels of impact, appropriate measures to mitigate those adverse impacts (before those impacts occur) and an established plan for implementation. NAI is intended to save the community money and ensure proper life safety of citizens that reside in or near flood prone areas. Learn how NAI will bring to the forefront topics such as stormwater conveyance systems, retention, detention, "smart" floodplain practices, the role of emergency responders and citizens' life safety.

No Adverse Impact (NAI) Property Rights - Legally Protecting the Rights of All

This session starts with the "Protecting the Property Rights of All" Workshop that was presented at the ASFPM Conference in 2008 in Reno-Sparks, Nevada and expands on it to include an emphasis on life safety issues. It also include information to show local governments how they can use government developed depth/velocity tables to assess risk to people, in conjunction with the issuance of floodplain, wetland, and water quality permits. This legal session is a comprehensive view of water resources and sustainability and is a nice catalyst for the remainder of GAFM's Annual Conference.

In addition, liability for failed dams and levees, professional liability, and the importance of assessing life safety factors when reviewing water resources permits will be discussed

General CFM Training

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has established a national program for professional certification of floodplain managers. The program recognizes continuing education and professional development that enhance the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, and private-sector floodplain managers.

The primary goal of the ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager Program (CFM Program) is to help reduce the nation's flood losses and protect and enhance the natural resources and functions of its floodplains by improving the knowledge and abilities of floodplain managers in the United States.

A second goal of the CFM Program is to increase the prominence of floodplain management in decision-making by local officials and the public.

Visit ASFPM for more information about the CFM.

Legal Challenges When Dams and Levees do not Protect (Audio Files attached)

Presenter: Edward A. Thomas, Esq., Michael Baker Jr., Inc

A confluence of three recent major events has come together to create a huge flood of interest in the national implications of how we, as a Nation understand flood risks, deal with the economics of that risk, and map that risk for areas which are "protected" by dams and levees. The three major events which have brought this matter to prominence in the public consciousness are: a) the failure of the levees in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina; b) the huge financial settlement resulting from the catastrophic failure of levees in California, known as the Paterno Case; and c) the nationwide effort being undertaken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update Flood Insurance Rate Maps, known as MapMOD. This Legal Workshop will present the Legal implications of how we can deal with the difficult choices we must make as a society as we re-build, re-map, and reconsider the risks involved in attempting to protect areas fro the consequences of floods with man made structures.

No Adverse Impact (NAI) Property Rights - Legally Protecting the Rights of All (Audio Files attached)

Presenter: Edward A. Thomas, Esq., Michael Baker Jr., Inc

There is serious concern and uncertainty on the part of planners and other regulators as to just what extent property can be fairly, properly, and legally regulated. Many floodplain managers are concerned that they may be harming the "Property Rights" of others to the extent of being sued for simply doing their job of ensuring safety when someone chooses to occupy a portion of Nature's floodplain. This Legal Workshop introduces several themes which flow into a powerful concept know as "No Adverse Impact" which should both ensure reasonable public safety and protect government officials from liability. The themes are:
  • Today's floodplain is not tomorrow's floodplain; following the bare bones minimum standards of the National Flood Insurance Program may not bring the extent of protection from future flooding desired by a community.


  • Proper and fair floodplain management in snot anti-development; but rather significantly protects the Property Rights of everyone in the community by providing a fair and pragmatic foundation for safe and proper development.


  • What are the next steps? A short portion of the Workshop will include a panel of practitioners discussing what local/regional/state governments are doing; and/or planning to do now to actually implement NAI in their communities.

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